Avocado, Apple and Pineapple Smoothie
Yes, yes, I know some of you will look at this post and think:
But occasionally, I like to try my hand at smoothie making, and over the last few months have made (and survived drinking) smoothies using corn, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, natural yogurt, pineapple and fromage frais.
Then a month or so ago I started eating avocado on a regular basis. I'd chop it into pieces and have it with coconut and melon for lunch with fromage frais. This kept me from snacking through the afternoon as it's good filling stuff.
- promotes cardiovascular health
- clears skin
- helps with weight-loss (as it's a slow burning food)
- promotes good joint health
Add that to pineapple , which
- promotes digestion
- also promotes good joint health
- is an antioxidant
- boosts your immune system
- gives energy
And it's a pretty powerful mix to wake up your body with.
So, I chopped up a small apple , and threw it, peel and all, into my blender. I added a whole avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped. I also threw in some frozen pineapple straight from the freezer. Added a quarter of a pint of milk, then after the blending process had started, around half a pint of water.
Result: one smooth smoothie, perfectly blended, enough for two meals. (Lunch today and lunch tomorrow, I suspect.) Pale green in color, no added sweetness, merely using ingredients I would have here anyway.
Now feeling very pleased with myself and planning other mixes.
As to cost:
- Pack of 2 ripe & ready avocados - £1.80
- Pack of 5 Everyday Value apples - £0.89
- Tin of Everyday Value Pineapple Pieces - £0.35
The apples and the pineapple pieces will make more than one smoothie batch, so the only real outlay is the avocados every couple of days.
Average cost of this meal £1.20. You can't even buy a sandwich for that these days, and something as unhealthy as a fast food burger will easily cost five times as much for a full meal. I know which way I'll go.
Don't get me on the topic of 'healthy food costs too much'. Laziness costs too much. Healthy food is affordable and thinking up new combinations is fun.
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